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The Great War

The Netherlands was a neutral power during the Great War; however, it did request authorisation, from the British War Office, to purchase 1,000 Mk. I guns in 1918. This was granted and the Netherlands adopted the Vickers as the M-18.

Inter-war Period

During the inter-war period, the Netherlands began to purchase commercial Vickers Machine Guns to arm its forces.

Second World War

The Netherlands were a member of the Allied Forces during the Second World War. They served alongside British forces and used Vickers Machine Guns retained from their inter-war commercial purchases, as well as British supplied Mk. I guns.

Prinses Irene Brigade

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The Prinses Irene Brigade served as part of the 21st Army Group and had a Machine Gun Platoon armed with Vickers MGs.

Post-Second World War


  • Bouchery, 1991
  • Goldsmith, 1994
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